E. Scott Geller

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E. Scott Geller
Born (1942-02-07) February 7, 1942 (age 82)
NationalityUnited States
Occupation(s)Behavioral psychologist, author, academic
Years active1969-present
TitleAlumni Distinguished Professor
Academic background
EducationBA in Pre-Medicine Studies, Ph.D. in Applied Psychology
Alma materSouthern Illinois University Carbondale
ThesisDimensions of expectancy in a choice reaction time experiment (1969[1])
Doctoral advisorGordon F. Pitz[1]
Academic work
Notable ideasActively Caring[2]

E. Scott Geller (born February 7, 1942) is a behavioral psychologist, and currently an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems.[3][4] He is the founder of the idea of "Actively Caring".[2] He is co-founder of GellerAC4P, a training/consulting firm dedicated to teaching and spreading the Actively Caring for People (AC4P) Movement worldwide.[5] He is co-founder and Senior Partner of Safety Performance Solutions, Inc., a training and consulting organization specializing in behavior-based safety since 1995.[6]


Scott Geller graduated from The College of Wooster in 1964 with Bachelors of Arts in Pre-Medicine Studies. Geller graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1969 with a PhD in Applied Psychology.[1]

Ted Talk[edit]

On December 5, 2013, Tedx Talks upload a Scott Geller's Ted Talk from TedxVirginiaTech to YouTube.[7] The clip has generated more than 11 million views and 150,000 likes.



  • Working Safe: How to Help People Actively Care for Health and Safety (1996)
  • The Participation Factor: How to Increase Involvement in Occupational Safety (2008)
  • Actively Caring for People: Cultivating a Culture of Compassion (2012)
  • Applied Psychology: Actively Caring for People (2016)
  • Actively Caring for People's Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother's/Sister's Keeper Work Culture (2017)

Book chapters[edit]

  • Geller, E. Scott. "The challenge of increasing proenvironment behavior." Handbook of environmental psychology 2, no. 396 (2002): 525-540.

Journal articles[edit]

  • Geller, E. Scott. "Evaluating energy conservation programs: Is verbal report enough?." Journal of Consumer research 8, no. 3 (1981): 331-335. doi:10.1086/208872
  • Geller, E. Scott. "Applied behavior analysis and social marketing: An integration for environmental preservation." Journal of social issues 45, no. 1 (1989): 17-36. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.1989.tb01531.x
  • Geller, E. Scott. "Ten principles for achieving a total safety culture." Professional Safety 39, no. 9 (1994): 18.
  • Dula, Chris S., and E. Scott Geller. "Risky, aggressive, or emotional driving: Addressing the need for consistent communication in research." Journal of safety research 34, no. 5 (2003): 559-566. doi:10.1016/j.jsr.2003.03.004
  • Lehman, Philip K., and E. Scott Geller. "Behavior analysis and environmental protection: Accomplishments and potential for more." Behavior and social issues 13 (2004): 13-33. doi:10.5210/bsi.v13i1.33
  • Geller, E. Scott. "Behavior-based safety and occupational risk management." Behavior modification 29, no. 3 (2005): 539-561.
  • Bolderdijk, Jan Willem, Linda Steg, E. Scott Geller, Philip K. Lehman, and Tom Postmes. "Comparing the effectiveness of monetary versus moral motives in environmental campaigning." Nature climate change 3, no. 4 (2013): 413-416. doi:10.1038/nclimate1767


  1. ^ a b c https://support.psyc.vt.edu/sites/default/files/2020-07/Vita%20%28PDF%29.pdf
  2. ^ a b Geller, E. Scott (1 February 2010). "Cultivating an Actively Caring Culture: The Courage and Compassion of an Injury-Free Workplace". EHS Today. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Alumni Distinguished Professor E. Scott Geller still actively working to make the world more caring". vt.edu. April 3, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "An Update on Dr. E. Scott Geller's Recent Work". appalachiansafetysummit.com. October 27, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "GellerAC4P, Inc". Home of GellerAC4P; Actively Caring For People's Safety. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  6. ^ "Safety Culture Survey/Assessment, Behavioral Safety, and Other Services to Improve Safety Culture and Prevent Injuries - Safety Performance Solutions". www.safetyperformance.com. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  7. ^ The psychology of self-motivation | Scott Geller | TEDxVirginiaTech, retrieved 2022-12-14

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